For everyone who's been waiting for news of Web Beans ... and for everyone who thought it would never happen ... the public draft is ready, and should be available later this week or early next. I've just started work on an extended article explaining Web Beans from the point of view of the developer, and hope to have that out in a couple of weeks. And Pete Muir, Shane Bryzak and David Allen have made a good start on the RI. Stay tuned...
Along with Seam 2.1 comes a handful of enhancements to seam-gen. These changes are a culmination of the mods I made to the seam-gen project that forms the basis of the sample code for Seam in Action. Perhaps after reading this entry, you'll conclude that the enhancements go well beyond modest.
I just got back from JavaBlend 2008, the first Java conference in Slovenia, where I was speaking about Seam. I gave an overview of Seam, and discussed how atomic conversations can help you develop apps. I also demonstrated JBDS to the crowd, to show how easy it is get started with Seam.
Out of the box, seam-gen copies all the dependencies of Seam (and then some) into the lib directory of the generated project. The JAR files in that directory are then placed on the project's build path. While this approach gets you up and running quickly, it's probably not the best long-term strategy. It's difficult to determine which libraries your project actually depends on and which versions of those libraries are present. What you need is some sort of formal dependency management.